This is a constantly evolving list of digital-publishing links and resources we find useful and/or interesting.
The International Digital Publishing Forum
The IDPF oversees the development of the specifications that make up epub. The actual specs are on their site. You will very rarely need these, but it’s good to know they’re there.
US ebook sales stats from the AAP/IDPF
“The Machine is Us/ing Us”: Brilliant video on the interlinked nature of the Internet
“Better than free”: Seminal essay by Kevin Kelly
Digital magazine concept video by Bonnier/Berg
Bookserver, a project to standardize ebook sales and lending online
Background for designers and production staff
EBW’s Knowledge Base
EBW’s useful guidance on digital publishing, such as…
The actual code for epubcheck, the open-source tool for checking whether epubs are valid according to the relevant specs. If you run it yourself on your machine, you need to do so in a command line. Slightly technical, but really fast.
The easy way to run epubcheck: upload the epub, and epubcheck runs on the site and returns the result of its check.
EPUB: Straight to the point
Liz Castro’s new book, which came out yesterday in epub format for $20 a copy. I’ve started reading it, and it looks good. Focuses on creating epub from InDesign.
A section in the EBW Knowledge Base dealing with my recommended ebook parts (as they differ to print book parts).
Epub Zen Garden
An example of how different CSS files applied to the same epub can radically change ebook design.
W3 Schools symbols
The HTML for symbols/special characters, like en dashes.
W3 Schools HTML colours
Colour reference codes for HTML.
Adobe Digital Editions (epub and PDF reader for Windows/Mac, supports Adobe DRM)
Firefox EPUBReader addon
Mobipocket (owned by Amazon)
Calibre (free; for managing and converting ebook formats)
Sigil (free; for creating and editing epub ebooks)
Faststone image editor (Windows)
Free, good at batch conversions
Ibis Reader: http://ibisreader.com/
Flashy ebook products (for dinner parties)
Time Inc’s SI app (promotional video)
Alice in Wonderland iPad app (demo video)
Mike Shatzkin (business, strategy)
Michael Cairns (business, strategy)
Linda Dawson (business, strategy, metadata)
Threepress Consulting (epub and web-based tech specialists)
Tools of Change (run by O’Reilly Media)
All those that Electric Book Works follows at http://twitter.com/electricbook are highly recommended.
The League of Moveable Type